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Brad Garrett

Brad has been starring as "Robert Barone" on the comedy series "Everybody Loves Raymond" since the show's debut in 1996. Garrett's roots are in standup comedy. He has headlined at Bally's Park Place and co-headlined with the Temptations at Trump Plaza. He has also worked at the Sands with Frank Sinatra; Caesar's Palace with David Copperfield, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson; Harrah's with Sammy Davis, Jr., and the Beach Boys; and Radio City Music Hall with Julio Iglesias. Garrett's role in EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND has earned him three Emmy nominations and the 2002 and 2003 Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. He won the 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Garrett's voice-over work includes the roles of Fatso the ghost in the 1995 feature "Casper," Dim the rhinoceros beetle in "A Bug's Life," and Bloat the blowfish in "Finding Nemo." He also appeared in "Don King: Only in America," "George B," which was a finalist at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, "Suicide Kings," "Clubland," and "Sweet and Lowdown." Garrett has also guest-hosted the "Late Show" for a sidelined David Letterman. In 2002, Garrett played Jackie Gleason in the critically acclaimed movie "Gleason," on CBS, for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Movie or Miniseries. He will next be seen in the Disney feature "The Pacifier" and in the independent feature "The Moguls."

Brad was born on April 14, 1960, in Woodland Hills, California. Standing 6 feet 8-1/2 inches (2.04m) tall, Brad H. Garrett ( given mane Gerstenfeld) grew up in Woodland Hills outside of Los Angeles. His father was a hearing aid specialist working in geriatrics and his mother a housewife. Garrett spent a whopping six weeks at UCLA before going into stand-up comedy full time. He began performing his act at various Los Angeles comedy clubs, getting his start at the Ice House in Pasadena and the Improv in Hollywood. In 1984, he became the first $100,000 grand champion winner in the comedy category of 'Star Search'. This led to his first appearance, at age 23, on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, ' making him one of the youngest comedians ever to perform on the show. In 1986, Garrett told a joke the talent booker warned him against and he hasn't been on the show since. Following his 'Tonight Show' appearance, Garrett's career took off, garnering him headlining gigs at several national venues as well as opening spots for legends including Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli. He has headlined at Bally's Park Place and co-headlined with The Temptations at Trump Plaza. He has also worked at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas with Frank Sinatra, Caesar's Palace with David Copperfield, and Smokey Robinson, Harrah's with Sammy Davis Jr. and the Beach Boys, and Radio City Music Hall with Julio Iglesias. In 1989, the Las Vegas Review Journal named him the Best Comedian working on the strip. Changing gears, he made his way into the world of television. He struck gold with 'Everybody Loves Raymond'. Apart from his supporting role in sitcoms he has also done voice overs and appeared in a few films. In 1998, Garrett made a real-life proposal to his then real-life girlfriend, Jill Diven on the set of 'Everybody Loves Raymond '. Garrett currently resides in Hollywood, California with his two Labradors, Gus and Mabel, his wife actress Jill Diven and their 2 children, son Maxwell Bradley Garrett ( born14 October 1998) and daughter Hope( born January 2000).

He's heavily valued as an actor for his towering physical stature, as well as a voice-over actor for his loud, thundering and threatening voice. He has sometimes struggled for acting work due to his large size. In order to play the title role in the TV movie Gleason (2002) (TV) (the real Jackie Gleason being only about 6 feet tall), the other actors were often either also tall or wearing huge lifts. Brad studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. In 1977 and 1978 Brad was the DJ over the Senior Lawn at ECR. In the early 1980s Brad was a waiter at TGI Fridays in Woodland Hills, Ca.

Actor Brad Garrett tells Leno's Jackson gags

TV host Jay Leno drafted in a substitute to tell his jokes about Michael Jackson because a gag order prevents him telling them himself.

Leno brought in Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett to read the lines he had written for his NBC Tonight Show.

"As I'm sure you know, I was called as a witness in the Michael Jackson trial," Leno told his audience.

"I'm not allowed to tell any Michael Jackson jokes. I can still write them," he added.

Leno is on the list of possible witnesses who could be called by Mr Jackson's defence team.

Necessary to protect

He has asked a judge to exempt him from the gag order preventing anyone involved in the case speaking about it.

His motion to the court contends that Justice Rodney Melville could not have meant to limit "public personalities" such as himself from commenting on the case.

But Mr Jackson's defence lawyer Robert Sanger has filed a response, arguing Leno should not be exempt.

"While the need for a protective order is unfortunate and does come at some cost, it is necessary to protect Mr Jackson's right to a fair trial," Mr Sanger said.

Among the jokes Leno has already made at the expense of Mr Jackson is: "Today, Michael Jackson's lawyer said that he will not play the race card - mainly because he can't figure out what race Michael is."

'Everybody Loves Raymond' Headed for TV History

After nine years of marital squabbles, meddling in-laws and sibling rivalry, television's No. 1 comedy, "Everybody Loves Raymond," headed for its final taping on Friday amid strict secrecy but relatively little fanfare.

The CBS hit show starring comedian Ray Romano -- and loosely based on his off-screen home life -- is slated to bow off the airwaves on May 16 with one last, regular-sized, 30-minute episode -- as opposed to the often-bloated, hourlong finales that have become customary for departing sitcoms.

"We didn't want to milk a half hour into an hour just for the sake of having an hour," Romano, joined by his cast mates, told a gathering of television critics this week.

Nevertheless, the final episode will be preceded by a fairly traditional one-hour retrospective featuring highlights from the show, outtakes and interviews with the cast.

Executive producer, co-creator Phil Rosenthal, who with Romano was pressed by CBS to keep the show going for another season, said he felt the series had simply run its course.

"The reason we're stopping is because we have done everything we could think of. We are bone dry," he said.

Rosenthal and Romano were tight-lipped over details of the show's conclusion, saying they wanted to avoid spoiling the fun for its fans.

Co-star Brad Garrett joked that in the finale, "I become a medium -- I start to see all the arguments we haven't had yet." The crack was a reference to NBC's new hit drama "The Medium," about a clairvoyant who helps police solve crimes.

Taking another page from NBC, executives at CBS have said they are exploring the possibility of a "Raymond" spinoff starring Garrett, the tall, deep-voiced actor who plays Romano's jealous younger brother, Robert.

Garrett himself insisted he has not been approached about a spinoff, but added, "Supposedly, there is a group of people that are out there talking about it who aren't talking to me. They're looking for a Brad Garrett type."

"Raymond" has ranked as the highest-rated comedy on prime-time television since the departure last May of NBC's smash hit "Friends," averaging more than 17 million viewers a week this season.

Cast of 'Raymond' will get last laugh

After 9 years, comedy to film its final episode. Melancholia has set in for the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond. On Tuesday, the actors in television's top-rated comedy had their last pre-shoot read. On Friday, the show's final episode will be filmed. Next week, everybody does Oprah.
"We've done every single thing we could think of," said Phil Rosenthal, the show's co-creator and executive producer, who joined the cast for one last press conference with the Television Critics Association. "We are bone-dry. God forbid we have ideas beyond this — we'll have to save them for the 20-year reunion."

Raymond's departure marks the end of one of the longest-running shows on television — nine years.

"There's so much I'm going to miss," said the show's namesake, Ray Romano. "I'm going to miss the writers. I've been lucky enough to be in the writing room, and I've never laughed as much my whole life."

Added Patricia Heaton, who played Romano's television wife, "It's time." But she wasn't without regrets. "The show takes on a whole other thing and becomes this part of your life. The cast. The rehearsals. The little jokes. And to have all that suddenly stop, it's like, as Ray said, being a functioning alcoholic who gets cut off."

Doris Roberts claimed that the show had an international impact. "This summer I went to Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Berlin, Oslo and London," she said, "and everywhere I went, they knew Raymond. They knew my name. They knew my character's name. They smiled and thanked me for bringing such humor into their lives. That's a wonderful thing to be able to do, and I've had a great time doing it."

Added Peter Boyle: "I found a little book of visualization prayers one day years ago. It said, 'I do a wonderful job in a wonderful way with wonderful people for wonderful pay.' Except for the last part, that's been so true. I'm going to miss the life and having a place to go and act. Believe me, steady work makes actors less neurotic."

"Well, most actors," joked Brad Garrett, who said he'll miss the process of putting on a show each week. "It's difficult, but it's wonderful when you hit it. The funny is always something you can see a family go through, and that's special."

Mum's the word on the details of the show's finale, which will air May 16. It will be preceded by an hourlong retrospective.

And though everyone's sad that the show is ending, there's comfort in knowing it will live forever in syndication and on DVD.

"It's very gratifying that people would buy them and want to keep them and watch them over," Rosenthal said. "I love to hear that people enjoy it again. It's made to be (rewatched)."

 


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